To keep competitive football ticking over, the Essex & Suffolk Border League have introduced a new cup competition for sides already out of the knockout cup; the COVID Cup. Here’s a preview of the Round One and Two ties ahead of the weekend;
Coggeshall United Reserves vs Hedinghams United – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
The only Round One tie of the competition will see Coggeshall United Reserves welcome Hedinghams United to Marks Tey Playing Fields. Coggeshall United Reserves were eliminated in the opening round of the Knockout Cup as they were defeated by Premier Division side Earls Colne, losing 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Fellow Division One side Hedinghams were also eliminated from the opening round of the Knockout Cup as they were thrashed 8-0 by Premier Division side Sudbury Sports. Based on league position and previous cup results, Coggeshall Reserves will be favourites to go through, although an all-Division One tie could go either way. The winner of the game will face Mersea Island in the Second Round.
Alresford Colne Rangers vs Stanway Rovers Reserves- Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
Premier Division side Alresford Colne Rangers will face Division One Stanway Rovers Reserves to the Ford Lane Playing Fields. The hosts bowed out of the Knockout Cup in the First Round as they were thrashed 5-0 by Silver End United. Stanway Rovers Reserves were also eliminated in the opening round as they were defeated at home by Division Three Felsted Rovers. Alresford will be favourites going into the game based on divisional-difference but neither side have lit up any cup competition so far, making it a far more open game than on paper. Whoever gains a win on Saturday afternoon will face Gosfield United in Round Three after they beat Holland ‘A’.
Silver End United vs Dunmow Town – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
Silver End United will welcome Dunmow Town to the Silver End Village Hall in the Second Round of the COVID-Cup in an all-Division One contest. Silver End United reached the Third Round of the Knockout Cup as they eased past Premier Division Alresford, winning 5-0, before facing West Bergholt in the 2nd Round. It was in the Second Round that the run came to an end as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Bergholt. Dunmow Town also reached the Second Round of the Cup before they were beaten. The Royals were given a BYE in the opening round before Frinton & Walton were handed a home-walkover against Town to progress in the cup. Silver End United will be favourites going into the game, having found themselves higher in the league as well as beating a Premier Division side in the Cup but Dunmow won’t be an easy game, as both sides look to reach Round Three. The victors of the game will face Belle Vue Social Club in Round Three, who progressed past Gas Recreation.